GOG is now selling Telltale Games’ Game Of Thrones, the video game adaptation of George RR Martin’s hit book series “A Song Of Ice And Fire.” Other Telltale Games series, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, and Tales From The Borderlands are also on their way to the DRM-free online store. To celebrate GOG’s new partnership with Telltale Games, Game Of Thrones is being sold at a discounted launch price until May 30. The deal comes a day after the fourth episode of the popular game was released.
The Telltale Games series will also be released with full GOG Galaxy support, GOG announced on their website. Galaxy is GOG’s desktop client, which is the platform’s alternative to the Steam client. Galaxy support means the Telltale series’ will track users’ achievements, automatically update, and track game time.
“A time of more DRM-free Telltale games is upon us. We signed the deal, and we’re set to unleash a torrent of past and future games from the award-winning adventure game developer! All of the games will premiere with full GOG Galaxy support, that includes Achievements and other goodness like one-click installation, auto-updating, game time tracking and more!” GOG said.
GOG, which is owned by Witcher developer CD Projekt, has been steadily growing in popularity over the past year as a DRM-free alternative to other online game stores such as Steam. GOG has long held the position that gamers should own the games they pay for, rather than just borrow them for an indefinite period of time (which is effectively how stores such as Steam work).
DRM (Digital Rights Management) leaves a sore taste in many gamers’ mouths, with stories of Steam users having their accounts banned for seemingly innocuous acts. Being banned from Steam means loosing access to your entire library of games, which for some users may amount to thousands of dollars. Last week, Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU Project which went on to form the open-source operating system Linux, wrote in the Guardian last week that DRM amounts to Malware. “Developers today shamelessly mistreat users; when caught, they claim that fine print in EULAs (end user licence agreements) makes it ethical. (That might, at most, make it lawful, which is different.)… What sorts of wrongs are found in malware? Some programs are designed to snoop on the user. Some are designed to shackle users, such as Digital Rights Management (DRM).”
GOG is certainly a platform worth supporting. Although it may not yet have the volume of titles found on Steam, it’s catching up, and as online stores become more and more rife with licensing restrictions, gamers are flocking to the DRM-free alternative.